Man United To Play Villarreal in Europa League Finals


Two more goals from Edinson Cavani confirmed Manchester United’s passage into the Europa League final – though Roma worked hard for their win in the second leg, contributing richly to a hugely entertaining tie that yielded 13 goals over 180 minutes.

United now meet Villarreal – who beat Arsenal – in Gdansk, and will fancy themselves to win their first trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and their first under anyone in five seasons.

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The sides have met four times before, achieving four goalless draws.Though the tie was effectively settled in the first leg won by United 6-2, Roma started the second leg really well and forced David de Gea into a succession of smart saves.

But the suspicion remained that United had too much class, and sure enough they took the lead on the night when, following a couple of decent chances missed, Cavani finished emphatically following good work from Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Fred.

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At the start of the second half, a game and dangerous Roma created a succession of chances, De Gea making several witting and unwitting saves.Eventually, though, Edin Dzeko and Bryan Cristante beat him and for a few manic minutes things looked tight.

But then another brilliant ball from Fernandes incited another brilliant finish from Cavani, this time a header, and both sides acknowledged the end of the contest, dropping the pace.

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But they still continued to attack, and on 83 minutes Nicola Zalewski’s volley went in off Alex Telles, giving Roma the consolation of a home win.


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